I went solo-camping with the kids for a week, and figured I would stock up on books before I left, so I borrowed this one from Kate. It's a good thing that I didn't get around to it at the campground as my poor children would have been sadly neglected.
Don't been misled by the hum-drum first chapters that describe everyday life for a busy career woman in her early 50's who feels like she is loosing touch with her husband and cannot seem to find a common ground with her youngest daughter.
Alice is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and her life is changed forever. The author describes her internal struggles in a way that is convincing, real and passionate. I simply could not tear myself away - there is still Alice in there! This will change your thinking about dementia forever. A definite MUST READ!
I also borrowed this explosive book from Kate...remind me to raid her bookshelf more often :-)
This powerful and timeless book explores the relationship between Bhima (a elderly servant who lives in the slums with her orphaned granddaughter) and Sera (a middle-class widow who lives with her son-in-law and expectant daughter). This book is so richly textured that you walk away feeling as if you have visited Bombay in person. On the "caution" side: it deals with several really hard issues (poverty, abortion, rape, spousal physical abuse, and the care of the elderly) in a unflinching manner, not sparing the reading any agony. Not for the weak of stomach... READ WITH CAUTION.